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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Process and Timeline

How Do I Apply?
All applicants must apply through the American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS.) Applications are online at http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/start.htm. The deadline to submit the application is October 15.

Can I include additional documents with my application?
Yes. We will accept most materials that you send in support of your application. However, please limit the documents only to those that will give us extra insight about you as an individual. Do not send us reprints of published articles or copies of your senior thesis and/or research papers.

Should I send my transcripts as part of the application process?
No. We receive your official grades through AMCAS and there is no need to send us your transcripts directly. However, be sure that your official transcripts are sent to AMCAS within their deadline (their web site is www.aamc.org) Transcripts are required only if you are accepted to the entering class.

How do I know when my application is complete?
You may check the status of your application at http://osaf-status.med.cornell.edu

How long does it take to hear a decision from you?
The evaluation process starts soon after an application is complete (SAF, fee or waiver, MCAT scores and letters of recommendation have been received). Since we screen each applicant individually, the process may take from several weeks to a couple of months. We go by date of completion and there are a large number of applications. Patience is of the essence.

Does Weill Cornell have rolling admissions?
No. Most acceptances are announced in March, after all interviews have been completed. At that time we also establish a wait list. As spring progresses, offers of admission are extended periodically to students on the wait list.

What is the probability of acceptance?
Weill Cornell receives close to 6,000 applications for 101 positions in the entering class. We interview around 700 applicants each year. For our Selection Criteria, click here.

Do you participate in an Early Decision (ED) program?
Yes. The Early Decision program allows highly qualified applicants to apply initially only to WCMC. The AMCAS deadline for the ED Program is August 1. If you apply to WCMC under this program, you must adhere to the tenets of the program. ED applicants will be notified of our admissions decision by October 1. If you are accepted, it is expected that you will enroll at WCMC. Under ED program guidelines, you may not apply to another medical school in the United States (AMCAS or non-AMCAS) unless we do not offer you acceptance by October 1 or we release you from the ED commitment.

What should I do while my application is being considered?
The review process can take a long time so please be patient. While your application is in review, remember to:
  • Periodically check on the status of your application on http://osaf-status.med.cornell.edu
  • Be sure to update any email change with AMCAS as email is our primary means of communication. Also be sure to keep your address and phone current in AMCAS.
  • We are open to receiving occasional, substantive updates. If something significant changes in your application (e.g. major award or publication), please feel free to email an update to us. Look in our email correspondence for the notification that your application was complete; there you will find specific update instructions.
Can I attend an open house?
We do not hold open houses. If you are invited to interview, you will have the opportunity to tour the school and meet with students.

Can I speak with an admissions counselor?
Due to the large number of applications we receive, we do not provide individual counseling. However, we will try to answer your questions. For individual counseling, we recommend that you meet with your health professions advisor at your college.

If I am not accepted, can you tell me why?
Again, due to the large number of applications we receive, we are not able to provide individual information of this sort.


Prerequisites

What courses are required for admission? Is there a lab requirement?
We require two semesters or their equivalent in biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics; and two semesters of writing intensive courses. In the sciences, these will typically be comprehensive introductory courses with laboratory. In biology, coursework will typically include molecular biology, cell biology, and genetics. In some instances, actual laboratory work experience may substitute for laboratory courses. We believe that a rigorous laboratory experience is essential to a thorough basic training in scientific concepts and methods.

Do you have a time limit for prerequisites?
All prerequisite courses must have been completed within 10 years of application, and we prefer that prerequisite courses in biology be taken within 5 years of application. Detailed information on course requirements is available at www.med.cornell.edu/education/admissions/app_req.html

Do you accept AP credits for prerequisites?
We accept AP credits for physics only. Requirements for other courses must be met by taking advanced science coursework.

If I haven't completed my prerequisites, can I still apply?
Yes, but all prerequisites must be completed by January 31 of the year for which admission is sought.

Can I take my prerequisite courses at a Community College?
It is not recommended.

Do you require an undergraduate degree?
An undergraduate degree is not a prerequisite for acceptance or matriculation. However, most applicants will have completed or be completing a bachelor's or higher degree before they begin the application process.

Do I need to be a science major?
No. We place a premium on diversity among fields of study, and many of our students are liberal arts majors. We do recommend that non-science majors take at least 2 terms of a basic science beyond the introductory level.

Will you allow biochemistry in lieu of the second semester of organic chemistry?
Yes. We will allow a variety of chemistry sequences. Examples of acceptable preparation include, but are not limited to, a) an accelerated general chemistry course followed by a three semester sequence including organic chemistry and biochemistry, b) two semesters of general chemistry followed by one semester of organic chemistry and one semester of biochemistry, c) AP credit in chemistry with two semesters of organic chemistry/biochemistry AND two semesters of other upper-level chemistry and/or biology courses.


Supplemental Application

How do I get a Supplemental Application?
When we receive your verified application from AMCAS, we will send you an e-mail with instructions on how to access our Supplementary Application Form (SAF) on the web. The application fee is US$100.00. Access is only given to applicants whose verified application was transmitted to us by AMCAS.

How can I get a waiver of your application fee?
Fee waivers are automatically granted to applicants who have an AMCAS waiver (now obtained through the AAMC Fee Assistance Program). This information is forwarded to us by AMCAS. If you were not granted a fee waiver by AMCAS, you may send us a written request for a Weill Cornell fee waiver. Fee assistance waivers from WCMC are reserved for US citizens, permanent residents and those with asylum. In your written request, you should explain in detail the reasons for the request and attach relevant documentation, as follows: a letter of support from your college's Financial Aid office; a copy of a current financial aid package; and a copy of your parents' and your last federal income tax return (if you filed). Each request will be considered on its individual merits.


Letters of Recommendation

How many letters of recommendation do I need to submit?
We require letters of recommendation, either a composite letter of recommendation from the applicant's university pre-health careers advising office (preferred), or two letters from others such as teachers and supervisors in work, service or research. Applicants should request letters from persons who know them well and can discuss their capabilities, accomplishments, and character. A teacher, whether at the undergraduate or graduate level, should be one who has worked with the applicant personally. If the applicant has had a substantial research, work, clinical or service experience, WCMC requests a letter from the supervisor in that experience. Letters should be submitted through AMCAS.

Can I send letters from employers, doctors, current students, etc?
You may submit letters from other persons who know you and can appraise your qualifications for the practice of medicine, but these do not obviate the required letters of recommendation. We prefer letters from people who know you well.


MCAT

What are the oldest MCAT scores you accept?
Scores should not be older than 3 years at time of application. Your application is not complete until we receive MCAT scores. The latest date you can take the test and still be considered for admission is September of the calendar year in which you are applying.

If I took an MCAT more than 3 years ago, will you still consider my application?
If your scores are over 3 years old, please send us a letter or e-mail explaining why you waited to apply to medical school, and why you have not retaken the test.


Residency and Citizenship

Do you give a preference to New York State residents?
We do not give preference in admissions to residents of any state. Furthermore, tuition and fees are the same for all students.

Do you consider foreign students or graduates from a foreign university?
We welcome applications to the first year class from international students. There are, however, two separate issues that international students need to consider:
  • Cost: Financial aid is offered only to those applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents of the US. Persons who are not US citizens or permanent residents must either pay for four years of tuition in advance, or deposit this sum in an escrow account (approximately US$188,600 in 2012). Canadian citizens are exempted from this requirement.

  • Prior educational experience: We strongly encourage you to complete a minimum of one year of full time course work at an American college and to take courses in chemistry (organic and general), physics, biology and/or English before applying to medical school. If you have not completed the equivalent of a US bachelor's degree abroad, you should work towards doing so in the U.S. This gives you and us a perspective on how well you could do at an American Medical College, and thus a basis of comparison with other applicants. We suggest this even if you have completed all or part of a medical school curriculum abroad and even if you have obtained your permanent resident status.


Do you consider Canadian applicants for admission?
Yes, we welcome applications from Canadian citizens. As a private medical college, citizenship and/or residency are not factors considered in the admission process. However, if accepted, Canadian citizens who are not permanent residents of the US, are not eligible for any financial aid. Financial aid is offered only to those applicants who are US citizens or permanent residents of the US.


MD/PhD Program
How do I apply to the MD/PhD (MSTP) Program?
On your AMCAS application you must designate "Combined MD-PhD Program". Information on the program may be obtained at www.med.cornell.edu/mdphd. Please note that the Tri-Institutional MD/PhD program has different deadlines. You may contact them at 746-6023 or mdphd@med.cornell.edu

If I am rejected from the MD/PhD (MSTP) Program, will I still be considered for the M.D. Program?
If you are rejected from the MD/PhD program, the program will forward your application and supplemental materials to us at the Medical College Office of Admissions. Applicants who remain seriously interested in the regular MD program should confirm their interest by notifying the Office of Admissions.

If I am applying to the MD/PhD program, should I have my letters of recommendation sent to both the regular MD office as well as the MD/PhD office?
Letters must be submitted through AMCAS. AMCAS then transmits them electronically to us (both MD and MD/PhD offices).

Do you have a joint BA/MD program?
No, we don't.


Special Features of Weill Cornell

Does Weill Cornell have an international electives program?
Yes. Weill Cornell is a leader in international study opportunities. Such programs typically involve clinical care and/or research in developing nations. Each year, between a third and a half of the fourth-year class participates in clinical care and research in South America, the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, and East Asia. Increasing numbers of students have also received funding for international electives during the summer between first and second year of medical school. For further information, please access our global health web site at www.weill.cornell.edu/globalhealth

What is PBL?
PBL is a teaching method in which students learn by actively seeking out information to solve problems. In contrast to lectures, in which information is delivered by the teacher to the student, PBL emphasizes active learning.

At Weill Cornell Medical College, groups of 10 students and one to two faculty members meet three times each week, usually on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, for 90 minutes each session. At the Monday meeting, the group receives a new problem. The problem is usually, but not always, a clinical case. The group then begins to “brainstorm” about possible solutions to the issues at hand. By the end of the session, students have identified information that needs to be sought and have agreed who will work on what area. Between the adjournment of the PBL seminar on Monday and the next meeting on Wednesday, students actively seek out the information needed to solve the problem. Working singly or in pairs, they refer to original research, texts (in book and electronic formats), web sites of major scientific organizations, and other resources. At the Wednesday meeting, students exchange what they have learned, often making brief presentations and providing handouts. The class intranet site is used widely to disseminate information. This meeting identifies new issues to be resolved, and the group reconvenes on Friday to consolidate the learning.


Transfer Applicants

Do you accept transfer students?
We do not accept applications for transfer.


Tuition and Housing

How much is your tuition?
First Year Tuition and fees (2012-2013) $49,990.00

Are students guaranteed housing?
All students are guaranteed housing. First-year students who are not married typically live in individual dormitory type rooms. Students in subsequent years, as well as first year students who qualify for family housing (married students, domestic partners), are eligible for housing in studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments in two WCMC owned buildings in the neighborhood. To learn more about our housing, please see the Housing Department.


Important Dates
August 1 AMCAS application due for Early Decision
October 15 AMCAS application due for all other applicants
October 15 completed application due for MD/PhD program
November 15 completed application due for Regular MD program
Early March class selected
Mid April accepted students revisit weekend
May 15 tuition deposit ($100) to hold a place in the entering class due
May 15 only one medical school acceptance may be held
June 1 deadline for accepted students to request deferment
August (3rd week) matriculation and orientation; classes begin


 
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